November 20, 2017
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I am as energy conscious as the next guy. However I never fail to get irritated when I check into a respectable hotel and find a tacky note on the bed or in the bathroom strongly recommending I jump through hoops to keep a couple of towels or washcloths from being laundered.

Would you not think that, when I pay $900 a night for my room (or even $400 or $200) I can use all the linen made available to me? It is paid for, has been budgeted for and is part of the hotel’s cost-per-occupied-room.

If you want to conserve energy on laundry,  fine tune your equipment, fill it up efficiently and minimize the use of detergent without compromising on cleanliness. Your problem, not mine.

What do you think happens to those towels you did not use to comply with the hotel’s recommendation? At the very best they get improperly handled and covered with bacteria from the room attendant who just handled the REALLY dirty towels and just scrubbed the toilet bowl. And how does the attendant know that that towel left nicely folded on the rack is actually clean? Some joker may just have just used for unsanitary purposes and returned it to the rack to surprise the next guest: it is your hotel’s reputation on the line.

Believe me, do away with the tacky tent card asking you to take it easy on the towels.

Wanna conserve? Save a tree, will ya?


  1. Melissa Trumbull November 20, 2017 3:14 pm

    Amen and Hallelujah! If I wanted to sleep on dirty sheets and use dirty towels I could find any number of places to do that for less than the cost of the “fine establishment” whacking my Amex a few hundred a night.

    • Benoit Gateau-Cumin November 20, 2017 3:21 pm


      You hit the nail where it counts (is that an expression, or did I just make it up?). What’s next:? Recycling complimentary chocolates and fruit baskets? Have you also noticed that the more expensive the hotel, the thinner the TP? But you do not get charged for the Wall Street Journal (speaking of saving trees).

      • Wolf November 21, 2017 5:59 am

        I decide myself when I change towel. The next could be asking you for using the toilet paper recto verso LOL. Makes me think at the 007 title cold ” Goldfinger ” Berk . Why dont I find the little note on the bed cover? Take a black light flashlight and check you will be surprised!

        • Benoit Gateau-Cumin November 21, 2017 10:18 am

          You are a funny man, Wolf.

  2. Nik Spurgeon November 21, 2017 12:38 am

    Question then about these fine luxury hotels and their inherent wastage.
    Single night stays and usage of the the hotel provided toiletries soaps, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. The single use of these products that contain enough for two to three days in plastic that we know does not get reused. All of which, most probably ends up in some landfill somewhere. We need to draw a line in the sand and say how can we do this better and more environmentally efficient and a beneficial way to stop Filling the landfills with plastic especially on island destinations where the micro plastics that are endangering ocean food sources are more prevalent. Surely this would be a better way of concentrating their efforts in world conservation rather than delaying by a day a towel or sheet wash. Just sayin’

    • Benoit Gateau-Cumin November 21, 2017 10:19 am

      I second your thoughts..

  3. Robert Cohn November 21, 2017 2:44 am

    There is No way I could not agree more with you. Having Worked for a financisl genius many years ago, hè saw the little tent- ards you mention as a way to higher profits, and itbis about time guests fight back against this con, as that is what I consider it. Well done!

    • Benoit Gateau-Cumin November 21, 2017 10:19 am

      Thank you, Robert.

  4. Patrick November 21, 2017 7:32 am

    cost of doing business…

  5. Mario Sarafraz November 21, 2017 8:29 am

    I just ignore that note and have my towels and sheets washed daily !

  6. Benoit Gateau-Cumin November 21, 2017 10:20 am

    Hopefully, the tent card/note shows up less and less often in “respectable” hotels.

  7. Heinz B Reichstein November 22, 2017 3:00 am

    My sentiment exactly, it really pi@#$#@ me off when I see these notices, well said
    All the best


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